I know we have a lot of these already, but I wanted to make one for my specific situation so please bear with me.
A couple years ago I played through the core game as an Elementalist and had a blast while leveling, but at endgame I found it died way too fast to be fun. So, I'd like to start playing again as a different Profession, playing through the core game again and then both expansions without using boosts.
I'll mostly be doing solo PvE but might get into group PvE content later. So basically, I'm looking for something that solos well but isn't completely unwanted when it comes to group stuff. I'm also looking for something that's fun to play and isn't just pressing the same exact same sequence of buttons in every fight. I don't have that much free time, so I really just want to play one character and don't want to spend a lot of time trying a bunch of Professions out. Some things I'm considering:
Guardian - I love the aesthetic of this class, but when I played around with one before I found I was just repeating the same moves every fight and it got kind of boring.
Warrior - straightforward class, lots of weapon options so maybe I could just switch if I got tired of the ones I was using, but I kind of prefer more magical classes aesthetically, and I'm also concerned it would get old after a while.
Thief - I like the idea of initiative, it seems to be fun to play, but it also seem like a squishy one and doesn't seem to offer much AoE or group utility.
Mesmer - seems like a really interesting class, I like the idea of messing around with time and space magic and shooting lasers from a greatsword is just cool. But it also seems like it could be squishy, and when I've played around with one before I found it took too long to kill enemies and having to summon clones again for every enemy got kind of annoying. Also, all that purple seems like it'd limit my choice in dyes if I don't want my clothes' colors to clash with my effects.
Necromancer - cool aesthetic, but when I've played around with one before I also found it took too long to kill enemies. Apparently Reaver can be really good in world PvE but it'd be a long time before I unlocked it.
Any advice would be appreciated.